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Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Project Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $84K annually on average but can range from $57K to $132K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Engineering Project Managers can bottom out near $57K or peak near $132K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by tenure and location. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (86 percent) of Engineering Project Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,486 - $123,900
(Median)
$57K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,452
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$18.88 - $61.34
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$19
$35
$61
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,486 - $123,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,279  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,426  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,940 - $132,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,830
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.88 - $61.34  
   
Overtime
$24.49 - $64.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,279  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,426  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,940 - $132,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 788

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Job Description for Project Manager, Engineering

  • Ensure conformity with safety regulations and promote a culture of best practices.
  • Prepare cost proposals and maintain financial records.
  • Lead a team of engineers and produce detailed product development plans.
  • Translate customer requirements into product strategy.

Common Career Paths for Project Manager, Engineering


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Though some Engineering Project Managers move into positions like VP of Engineering (where the average salary is $154K), this progression is not the norm. Going from Engineering Project Manager to Engineering Senior Project Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $116K. Many others choose to work as Civil Engineers, where pay is typically $60K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Project Managers flock to The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc., Aecom Corporation, and Siemens, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Engineering Project Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Schlumberger, where the median salary comes to $133K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($101K) and those starting out ($188K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp, and CH2M Hill, top-paying firms where Engineering Project Managers rake in a whopping $123K, $119K, or $114K, respectively.

Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $74K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $63K to $96K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Kleinfelder Incorporated at $80K, and Duke Energy Corp where $82K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Engineering Project Managers there earn up to $213K.

Popular Skills for Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Project Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Product Development, Budget Management, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Manager, Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Engineering Project Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $69K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $83K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $108K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Engineering Project Managers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Engineering Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Boston (+4 percent), San Diego (+4 percent), and Denver (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Salt Lake City and Austin (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

What is it like working as a Project Manager, Engineering?

Project Manager, Engineering in New York:
"It Is 60% Scheduling, 20% Client Relations And 20% Technical."
Pros: The best things about my job are the environment which is very open and friendly. It is in midtown Manhattan, ideal location. The clients all have technical backgrounds so even if there is something you don't know or can't remember, someone will enlighten you. Engineering is very important to know because it allows you to work within teams from other departments as well since our work ethic is regarded highly. I am able to go from location to location to conduct some of my work, which breaks the monotony of going into the office every time.
Cons: There are a lot of limitations to project scopes. There are some actions that can be done, but company policy dictates that it shouldn't, so you end up discussing with clients for long periods of time trying to find a reason that would satisfy them. A lot of scheduling will overlap, but you still need to maintain the budget and timeline.

Project Manager, Engineering in Sedro-Woolley:
"Challenging."
Pros: It's mentally challenging and always new. Every project is different and there is no opportunity to become bored.
Cons: It can be stressful constantly having new things thrown at you.

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Experience Affects Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$87,000



Skills That Affect Project Manager, Engineering Salaries






Technical Analysis
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$87,000

Design
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Job Scheduling
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1620 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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